Landlords pushing up rents to cash in on nuclear power plant jobs gold rush could make homeless rates go up. Anglesey council fears Wylfa build could boost demand for accommodation, pushing up rents and leaving some people out in the cold. A report presented to its Executive this week, has revealed that Anglesey council officers expect homelessness to rise as a result of increased demand – especially in the private sector. In a bid to protect its social housing stock, the authority has already scrapped “right to buy,” also endeavouring to increase the number of council houses by 500 over the next 30 years, in addition to the 3,800 it currently owns and manages. However, officers are fearful of the impact on the private rental sector where there are fewer controls over what landlords can demand in rent. Arwel Jones, of the island’s Housing Services department, said: “We do have Wylfa in the back of our minds because there’s a possibility of an increase in homelessness, especially in the private sector where landlords may perhaps decide they can maximise the rent at the expense of people they already have as tenants.
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Controversial plans to build a park and ride for workers at the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station have been scrapped by Gwynedd Council. Critics of the scheme to create a 110-vehicle facility at Llanwnda, near Caernarfon, argued it would create problems with rubbish and noise and would attract vandals. They also feared it would cause house prices to fall and it would affect a bat population in nearby woodland. Opponents today spoke of their relief after the scheme was shelved.
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